About this Archive
Opened in February 1984 in a 19th century terraced house across the road from Ruskin College, this provided a bricks and mortar home for History Workshop, offering a base to amateur and professional historians, students and teachers, local history and other groups. Under the general supervision of the History Workshop collective, the small permanent staff organised events, produced newsletters, and ran two summer schools. Despite support from Ruskin College, the Centre's finances were precarious, and it ceased to exist as a separate entity in 1987. The Centre also acted as a "brand name" for History Workshop publications and events.
Scope and Content
Archives of the History Workshop Centre for Social History (HWCSH), including: Papers regarding the founding and aims of the HWCSH, including: manifestos, minutes of the Founding Committee and correspondence with sponsors, trustees and advisors, 1982-1984; Papers regarding the administration of the HWCSH, including: minutes of the Working Party/Committee, Council of Management, Finance and Employment Committee, and International Liaison Group, 1983-1987; Correspondence files of the HWCSH, including general correspondence files, correspondence with Ruskin College and applications or sponsorship, grants and financial assistance, 1976-1991; Papers regarding the events and activities of the HWSCH, including: papers regarding the Popular Literature Group, the Visual Documentation/Poster Archive Group and History of Work/Politics Group; papers, correspondence and programmes from HWSCH Summer Schools and events on the NHS, Feminist History, the English Civil War and education, 1983-1992.